A small success!

On my weekly grocery shopping trip Sunday I finally achieved a trash-free shopping trip!


I did add a can of pumpkin to the cart after this, because I haven’t yet been able to find local squash to make pumpkin puree at home, even though we’re approaching mid-October.

And, it’s worth noting that this was an abnormally small shopping trip because most of my recipes this week were making use of things I already had at home (which is a good thing). But every bit along the way helps!

A quick rundown:

  • The jars are rolled oats and steel-cut oats. I was out of both. Oats are one of the most common things to find in bulk bins, and I find that using my own jars works best for buying these.
  • Solid bag: dried beans. After doing some trips buying dried beans in mason jars, I got these cotton bags that are much easier for grains and beans than lugging jars to the store. I transfer them to jars at home for storage.
  • Mesh bag: celery. I use the mesh produce bags for greens and things like green beans and mushrooms that really need a bag. More solid produce like cucumbers, peppers, potatoes, apples, lemons, etc. I just don’t use a bag.
  • Spice jar: bulk cumin. If you have access to a Trader Joe’s, I like to get their spices and then once they run out soak off the labels to reuse the jars at a store that sells bulk spices. But you can get similar style jars online for fairly cheap. This jar of organic cumin only cost $1.78, which is the other benefit of buying spices in bulk.

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